Wagar Grant Carey III, 76, Osage City: April 15, 1945 – June 24, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Wagar Grant Carey III, 76, Osage City: April 15, 1945 – June 24, 2021

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Wagar “Carey” Grant Carey III, 76, of Osage City, Kan. and St. Helens, Ore., was unexpectedly taken from us June 24, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 15, 1945, in Portland, Ore., the son of Wagar Grant Carey II and Agnus (Klingsporn).

Carey grew up in Portland, and graduated in 1963 from Benson Poly Tech High School, Portland. After high school, Carey served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged. He attended Portland Community College, earning his associate degree.

Carey spent most of his life working for Union 76 and Conoco-Phillips Oil Co., as a millwright maintenance engineer in Portland for more than 40 years, retiring in 2017.

Carey was living his best life in retirement. He moved to Kansas from Oregon after his grandchildren moved there to be closer to them. He was an avid bargain shopper, tool collector and had a passion for repairing clocks.

Carey never met a stranger. He loved to help people and did so every chance he could. From buying used bikes to use as parts for the neighborhood kids, dresses for recitals, and musical instruments needed for school functions. He also bought many musical instruments that he donated to USD 420. If you shared with him what you wanted or needed, he more often than not, would find it for you, and would deliver it to you in person. He was a selfless man who lived humbly and was his happiest helping others.

That same passion was shown with his family. He was the one you called when you needed help, guidance, advice, or just someone to talk to. He lifted our burdens and instilled in us the value of family. He was a pillar of strength, compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. He quite simply, was a beautiful man, father, and grandfather, and to say he will be missed is a gross understatement to our mourning.

Carey is survived by his step-daughter, Kathy Boss, of Osage City; grandchildren, Monika Rowsey, Osage City, Misty Lee, Everett, Wash., Amber Wiscombe, Overbrook, Kan., and Lindsay Lehrbach, Osage City, KS; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren with a sixth on the way. He adored each and every one of them.

A celebration of life memorial will be 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City, with family remembrances being shared at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Salvation Army and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at www.feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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